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The Urban Commons

How Data and Technology Can Rebuild Our Communities

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$42.00 • £36.95 • €38.95

ISBN 9780674975293

Publication Date: 12/10/2018


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 photo, 1 map, 21 illus., 19 tables


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  • Introduction
  • I. The Field of Urban Informatics
    • 1. A Data-Driven Approach to Urban Science and Policy
    • 2. “Seeing” the City through “Big Data”
  • II. Maintenance of the Urban Commons
    • 3. Caring for One’s Territory
    • 4. Division of Labor in the Commons
  • III. Government in the Age of Civic Tech
    • 5. Partnering with the Public
    • 6. Experiments in Coproduction
  • IV. Digital Divides in Urban Informatics
    • 7. Extending 311 across Massachusetts
    • 8. Whither the Community?
  • Conclusion: The Future of the Urban Commons
  • Appendix A. Neighborhood Audits
  • Appendix B. Reliability Estimates for 311-Based Indicators
  • Appendix C. Models Using Survey Variables to Predict Custodianship
  • Appendix D. Models Testing Division of Labor
  • Appendix E. Models Testing Transparency Messages in BOS:311
  • Appendix F. Models for Evaluation of Commonwealth Connect
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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